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John Durham probe largely focused on FBI: report

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Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe is predominantly focused on the FBI, though the prosecution of top level officials appears “unlikely,” according to a report.

Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Monday that Durham completed the CIA portion of his probe last year, shifting recently to the activities of the FBI.

One source told the network that Durham was pursuing “new and credible leads” through the end of the Trump administration without specifying further.

A spokesperson for Durham declined to comment when reached by Fox, and did not immediately respond to The Post.

Durham’s probe has led to the prosecution of one FBI official, lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who pleaded guilty last August to doctoring an email that led his agency to wiretap former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Clinesmith was spared jail time and instead sentenced to one year probation and 400 hours of community service.

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The charge carries a maximum term of five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

He received no fine.

Trump 2016 campaign foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos — who spent 14 days in jail before he was pardoned last month after admittedly lying to the FBI during the agency’s Russia probe — blasted Clinesmith’s sentence at the time.

“Prosecutor Anthony Scarpelli said in court that Clinesmith’s conduct was ‘more egregious’ than that of George Papadopoulos,” he tweeted, quoting from a Washington Post article.

“This is just the beginning. Not the end of Obamagate.”

Durham’s investigation began in May 2019, shortly after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that members of the Trump campaign did not conspire or “collude” with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The Mueller probe lasted just over two years.

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